By Dana Leipold
Published: October 21st, 2014
Word Count: 56,000
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Content Warning: contains sexual abuse and domestic violence
Recommended Age: 18+
Abuse or an uncertain future. This is Laurel Lee Page’s choice when she is faced with an unplanned pregnancy at 18. Born into a broken family, all she has ever known is guilt and shame. No matter what she does or who she meets, Laurel appears to be living a condemned life but she is determined to find independence and freedom in spite of her family’s legacy of hatred and self-contempt. Can Laurel see that she is in a powerful position, poised to break the cycle of abuse? Set in Southern California during the tumultuous 1960s era, Burnt Edges is based on true events and proves that strength can be found even in the most horrific situations.
About the Author:Dana Leipold is a freelance writer, author, and member of the Association of Independent Authors and Creativity Coaching Association. She has self-published two books: a collection of limericks in Dr. Seuss-style for adults entitled, Stupid Poetry: The Ultimate Collection of Sublime and Ridiculous Poems, and a non-fiction book entitled, The Power of Writing Well: Write Well. Change the World, to help writers get their message heard, create stories that connect, and leverage the power of writing well. In addition, she coaches other writers on story structure, messaging, and writing skills so they can achieve their dreams to become published authors. Leipold lives with her husband and two children in the San Francisco Bay Area.
As an author, every book you write holds the opportunity to learn more about the discipline of writing, and more importantly, to learn more about yourself as a person. Burnt Edges taught me a lot about the craft and about life.Three Things I Learned While Writing Burnt Edges
1. Planning Is Actually A Good Thing
I’ve always been a “pantser.” A Pantser is a writer who sits down at the keyboard, or with pen and paper, and starts writing. Sometimes you have an idea to guide you but there is no outline and no plan. The story unfolds as you write…and sometimes takes you down some rabbit holes where you sometimes get lost. This is where you pull all your hair out and go running in the streets.
A “planner” figures out the entire story, including the end, before writing even one word. This includes thinking about the characters motivation and backstory. Some say writing a novel this way is boring and too rigid. I’ve learned that you can be a planner and still be flexible and creative. Burnt Edges was a story that I planned out entirely before I wrote it. I knew the characters and their arcs inside and out…and I must say it made the process much easier.
2. Not Everything Will Make It In the Final Version
Kill your darlings, they say. And they are right. Many of my favorite scenes…the ones that were the most fun to write…did not make it into the final version. It made me sad and frustrated all at the same time but if the scene does not carry the story forward and does not contribute to the protagonist’s transformation, it has to go. Not to worry though, these scenes are still locked away in a DropBox file that I may use again someday.
3. Yoga Pants are the Best Writing Attire…Ever
Stretchy, comfortable, and like my own skin, yoga pants are now my “go to” writing attire. Okay, I admit that I wear them to the grocery store, to drop the kids off at school, and occasionally out to dinner *gasp* too.
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